A Newsletter of Joseph United Methodist Church

Preparing for Lent

The season of Lent is popularly known as a season for individual self-examination, penitence, and “giving something up” as a spiritual discipline. While self-examination and some individual work are part of the work of Lent, it was created as the final leg of intense preparation and support for people who had chosen to learn to live the way of Jesus. The early Christian approach to Lent as a season of intentional formation and baptismal preparation has moved front and center again. We have a number of ways to help you experience a spiritually fulfilling Lenten season.
Coming in March
  • March 1  Ash Wednesday Service at 12:00 pm
  • March 9-10  Northwest Leadership Institute in Boise
  • March 12  Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • March 12 Creed study begins at 6:30 pm
  • March 16 UMW Meeting at 1:00 pm
  • March 26 UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)
Creed is a six week study beginning Sunday, March 12 at 6:30 pm. We’re used to answers popping up on a screen right in front of us. But when the questions examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life, finding the answers takes more than simply typing a few words and pushing a button. Adam Hamilton believes that powerful answers to many of our complicated questions are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs. In Creed, he explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe, and why it matters, which in turn leads readers to confront and examine their own core beliefs and go beyond reciting the Creed’s familiar words. If you have any questions, contact Carolyn Dawson or the church office at (541) 432-3102 or
This six-week series looks at Scripture passages that highlight Jesus’ pursuit of those many would label “outcasts.” In this series, we’ll discuss characters like Zacchaeus, the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet, a leper, and the thief on the cross. In each of these situations, Jesus goes out of his way to reach the outcasts of society. His love is extravagant and relentless.
  • March 5 – Jesus Outcast in the Desert Luke 15:1-13
  • March 12 - God’s Love for the Lost Luke 15:1-13
  • March 19 – Loving the Unlovable Luke 19:1-10
  • March 26 – Beyond Redemption? Luke 7:36-50
  • April 2 – The Greatest Blessing Luke 17:11-19
  • April 9 – Too Late? Luke 23:39-43

Other Lenten Resources

For people looking to go a little deeper in their Lenten devotional. If you have any questions or want more information on how to participate, please contact Pastor Cherie at (541) 432-3102 or

First Sunday of the Month, Feb 5th
Collections for the Food Bank
and Imagine No Malaria

United Methodist Women
Every Member Enrichment Event

The United Methodist Women's Every Member Enrichment Event will be Saturday, April lst at LaGrande United Methodist Church.  The theme is Reach Out in Service and Advocacy to End Mass Incarceration.  The program will include a local
speaker, video with discussion, and liturgical readings.  The event will offer time for worship, singing, and fellowship.

Much of the information comes from the book Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow. The event will also include time for worship, singing, and fellowship.

Registration begins at 9 am with the event ending at 3 pm.  We will carpool to LaGrande.  All women in the church are invited to attend.  Contact Ingrid Cook for more information.
Another Trip to UMCOR-West
This is the fifth year Joseph UMC has sent a crew to the UMCOR Depot in Salt Lake City. We helped prepare ahead of time by filling School Kits for our crew to take with them.
While the team was there, they were kept busy with a variety of tasks such as verifying other items of relief kits, completing health kits, and loading a shipping container bound for the Ukraine. It took 53 pallets with 36 boxes per pallet, which means they filled it will over 1900 boxes worth of disaster relief supplies. Usually, a container is filled with one kind of thing, but this one had a wide variety to address the various needs in the Ukraine.
The dates are already set up for next year, February 18-24, 2018. Contact David Cook or the church office if you are interested!

New Roof for This Old Church

There are so many joys we experience in our 110 year old Church! It seems the walls, ceilings and space whisper to us of the history, the people, and the spirit of God in our building.
Lately the roof has been whispering something entirely different….well maybe it is working up to a shout….Help! I’m old, I’m tired--and just to prove the point--I’m dripping water through my shingles right into your sacred place of worship. Please won’t you provide a new layer of protection?
It is time to answer that plea and we have engaged Casper Roofing, here in Wallowa County, to replace the Church roof next spring. It is a delayed and much needed repair. We are excited to provide that layer of protection to our beautiful building and also to improve the appearance.  The new roof will be a high quality asbestos shingle by Malarkey Roofing Products that maintains the dignity of our historic building and matches the style installed on the Place last year. The two buildings will have a more cohesive look as a result.
Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to time for this project.  The church has a financial reserve for the project, but if this beautiful building is something that you love and you want to contribute to this important project, we welcome that.  There may even be an opportunity to gather some kindling for your fires, as the old wood shingle roof is removed.
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